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May 3, 2013 - 8:26 am

According to Forbes, yes. Cody Wilson has succeeded, more or less on schedule.

Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun.

Now he has.

Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,” pictured in its initial form above. He’s agreed to let me document the process of the gun’s creation, so long as I don’t publish details of its mechanics or its testing until it’s been proven to work reliably and the file has been uploaded to Defense Distributed’s online collection of printable gun blueprints at Defcad.org.

The Liberator does include two metal pieces, a nail to act as the firing pin and a six-ounce piece of steel to make it detectable by metal detectors. The other 16 parts were printed in ABS plastic and according to Wilson, will be available online at Defcad.org next week. It has interchangeable barrels so that it can fire multiple calibers of standard handgun ammunition. Wilson has his federal firearms license, and added the steel to comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act, so everything he has done to date complies with firearms law.

And yet, the printed gun may change everything.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I hope people understand that this is a "gun" in the same sense that the Wright Brothers' original Flyer was an "airplane."
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Actually his AR-15 lowers and magazines have withstood firing hundreds of rounds, not just a few. I've held them in my hand. They're very sturdy and tough.

And if you look at the shape of the barrel in the Forbes photo of the handgun, it's very very thick to the point that it doesn't look like an ordinary barrel. That's to give it enough strength to deal with firing stress.
49 weeks ago
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I just cannot understand how these printed parts can withstand the terrible pressure caused by firing a bullet. The barrel must be in special metal...

49 weeks ago
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The name is a clue as to its intended purpose. In WWII, the Liberator was the name of a pistol supplied to the French Resistance. It was intended to be cheap, easy to mass-produce, and could fire a single shot.
49 weeks ago
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Nope, the barrel is plastic too. The gun will fire once or twice before the barrel goes.

Gonna be interesting to see who sues Cody Wilson first.
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